Pumpkins make me smile.
Hmm, I think I am being a little too modest.
Pumpkins make me SWOOOOOON!!!! (There, that’s more like it.)
Last week, I stumbled across this tutorial for fabric pumpkins, and I was so smitten that I made a whole patch of them!
Even if you think you are not crafty, give this creation a try. You don’t even have to make a trip the craft store because chances are you already have all the materials which include:
- old t-shirts / unwanted clothes
- stained cloth napkins or tablecloths
- flat, worn out pillows
- food coloring
By using materials I already had, I made fifteen pumpkins for FREE. Here’s how I did it:
Simple Fabric Pumpkins
Grab some fabric and a round, flat object like a plate and trace a circle in your fabric. Cut out the circle and make one continuous stitch about 1/2″ from the edge all the way around.
Lightly pull on the thread to gather up the fabric. Time to stuff!
Is it time to replace those old, flat pillows?
Don’t throw them away! Throw them in the wash instead, give them a good drying, and reuse the stuffing. You’ll save at least $5 or $6 otherwise spent on poly-fil.
Note: You’ll need to pull apart/refluff the pillow stuffing before using.
Don’t have old pillows?
Use old t-shirts or fabric scraps.
Note: When using using fabric, cut it into small pieces no more that 4″ long/wide. Large pieces will make your pumpkin look bulky and flat.
Obsessed with lavender or potpourri?
Here’s your opportunity to toss in a handful and turn your decoration into a part-time satchel.
Next, wander outside and find a suitable stick (bent sticks add character) to use as a stem. Sew the fabric tight around the stick to secure in place.
To finish the pumpkin look, tie a long piece of twine (about 18″) tightly over the pumpkin, then bring the ends of the twine up and around the pumpkin and tie another tight knot. Wrap the ends of the twine around the base of the stem and make a double knot.
Fluff out the sections and you’re done!
If you would like to add leaves or vines but don’t own any green burlap or yarn, just mix up:
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- several drop green food coloring
Plunge your burlap or twine into the dye, wring out, dry and tadaa! Instant green.
Instead of leaves, I chose to tie bows of willowy threads from unraveled threads of twine and threads pulled from long strips of burlap.
For the past four years, I’ve been so preoccupied fixing up our house that I haven’t had the energy to decorate for the seasons. Now that most of our house projects are complete, I feel like a woman unleashed.
I know, I know. A stuffed pumpkin seems like such a small thing to get so worked up about, but when it’s sitting on my kitchen table instead of a hammer or a caulking gun, I can’t help but smile and feel truly blessed. I mean, for crying out loud, we’re finally getting somewhere!
Like they say, it’s the simple things in life. 🙂
What’s the first thing that makes you smile when you think about fall?